Mpumalanga is a Swazi word, meaning “there where the sun rises”
For most tourist destinations in Mpumalanga, follow the N4 toll road from Pretoria. The road is in very good condition. Alternatively, follow the N12 from southern Johannesburg, it will join the N4 at Witbank.
Some attractions we got to visit during the December holidays:
1.Blyde River Canyon: the third largest canyon in the world after the Grand Canyon in the USA.
2.Pilgrim’s Rest: this small historical town of gold-mining town has been restored : go horse-riding, do a guided hike, try gold panning or go on a spooky ghost walk.
3. Sudwala caves, (Follow the R539 to Sabie from the N4), (firstname.lastname@example.org),. At 240 million years old, these are the oldest known cave system in the world.
4. Waterfalls (Berlin and Lisbon), the Pinnacle, and several viewpoints, the best-known is The Three Rondavels.
5.Bourkes Luck Potholes : Named after a miner called Tom Bourke, who found a bit of gold here, but never got rich as the gold seam was located a short distance to the south of his claim. The potholes and rock formations are carved from the rock by water action at the swirling waters over centuries.
6.God’s Window is truly an area of breathtaking scenic splendour. Gods Window is so called for the panoramic view of the Lowveld more than 900 m down into lush indigenous forest clad ravine. There are curio stalls and toilet facilities at the parking area.
Dont forget to carry: plenty water, sunblock, walking shoes, shorts and a hat.
We stayed at Jatinga country lodge in White river and had lunch at the lovely Hulala lakeside lodge R40 between White River and Hazyview.